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  • Tofino

    Tofino is a small picturesque town located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The terminus of the Trans Canada Highway is here. While Tofino is technically “the end of the road”, it is actually the gateway to spectacular Clayoquot Sound – an invitation to adventure

    • Hot Springs Cove

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    • Whale Watching

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    • Surfing Lessons

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    • Fine Seafood Dining

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    The activities in Tofino are endless – As Canada’s Surf Capital try the art of surfing or on a more mellow level paddle boarding. Head off shore for a fishing excursion or experience a Tofino kayak adventure. From March to mid October head out on a Zodiac and see the whales at play.

    Clayoquot Sound is home to a large number of black bears. You can take a tour and watch them amble along the beach as they forage for food while you remain at a safe distance in the boat. Also expect to see eagles, seals, sea lions and other wildlife as you cruise along the shoreline.

    The hiking and biking trails offer absolutely stunning views around every bend.

    If you're seeking stories for a lifetime, hop aboard a seaplane or a helicopter and explore Clayoquot Sound's different remote islands and their beaches.

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  • British Columbia Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: Year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Vancouver Harbour in the Fall

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    • Kayaking in Tofino

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    • Victoria Evening Carriage Ride

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    • Whistler Village

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    • Floatplane North Vancouver Island

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    Day 01

    Arrive Vancouver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel, where you spend the first two nights of your adventure.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    Day 02

    Vancouver

    We’ve included a full free day for you to explore Vancouver, and there is plenty to keep you entertained. Visit Stanley Park covering over a thousand acres, historic Gastown, with its myriad of shopping and dining options, and perhaps take a trip out of the city to Grouse Mountain or the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This cosmopolitan city has great nightlife too for the young, or young at heart.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    78Mi/125Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Whistler

    This morning collect your rental car and commence your journey of discovery. Today’s short but beautiful drive takes you along the scenic Sea to Sky highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way included Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock, where climbers all over the world migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Your hotel for the next two nights is in the heart of the alpine valley.

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

    97Mi/156Km

    Day 05 Day 06 Day 07

    Sunshine Coast

    The Sunshine Coast is one of the most beautiful areas of British Columbia and today's adventure showcases it perfectly. Take the short drive to Horseshoe Bay, where you board the ferry to Langdale. From here you wind your way along the coastline, enjoying the amazing views as you go. Once in Half Moon Bay, there are so many choices to keep you busy. Take a kayak or boat tour onto the water, hike or bike the trails, explore the quaint villages and unique stores or take a floatplane ride for bird's-eye views.

    Hotel: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

    51Mi/83Km

    Day 08 Day 09

    Parksville

    Retrace your footsteps to Langdale this morning, where you board the ferry back to Horseshoe Bay. From here, you take the ferry across the channel to Departure Bay on Vancouver Island. Just a short drive north brings you to Parksville, your base for the next two nights, where your hotel is conviently located to explore the area's delights.

    Hotel: Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

    105Mi/169Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Tofino

    It's a scenic journey from the east coast to the west, through the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains and majestic Sutton Pass. Stop off at Sproat Lake, home to the world's two largest water-bombers which are used for the sole purpose of extinguishing forest fires. Also take a stop at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of the 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar trees. Tofino is the gateway to the majestic Pacific Rim National Park. Take a stroll along famed Long Beach, boasting miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf. During your stay, explore the rainforests' well groomed trails or take a whale watching cruise through Clayquot Sound.

    Hotel: Wickaninnish Inn

    197Mi/317Km

    Day 12 Day 13

    Victoria

    Today your drive takes you to the south of Vancouver Island and to its capital city Victoria. En route we suggest a stop at Chemanius, where you can admire the giant murals adorning exterior walls throughout the town, and Duncan, known as The City of Totems. Once in Victoria, explore the imposing facades of the Parliament Buildings, St. Ann's Academy and nearby Butchart Botanical Gardens. The historic old town is ideal for soaking up Victoria's atmosphere, visiting the myriad of boutiques, museums, galleries and cafes.

    Hotel: Fairmont Empress

    74Mi/119Km

    Day 14

    Vancouver

    This morning you leave Victoria for a short and leisurely drive to Swartz Bay, where you make the return 95 minute crossing to Tsawwassen on the mainland. This afternoon you have the opportunity to experience any of Vancouver's attractions that you didn't manage to see at the start of your itinerary.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Today you return your rental car to Vancouver International Airport and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2199 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Tofino Boat Tours

    Tofino

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    • Tofino Bear Watching

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    • Tofino Whale Watching

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    • Tofino Sheltered Fishing

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    • Tofino Orca

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    Experts in sightseeing boat tours, Tofino Tours offers a wide range of unique wildlife experiences that showcase everything this area of British Columbia has to offer. Relax on a 30 minute Coastal Bear Watch tour, exploring the fjords of Clayoquot Sound, whilst watching the shores for bears that forage for food in the intertidal zone. For marine enthusiasts, a whale watching tour of Clayoquot Sound makes an ideal choice, on the lookout for grey, humpback and killer whales, in addition to sea lions, sea birds and the resident bald eagles. Both tours are taken on comfortable covered vessels, for a safe and comfortable journey. Should you wish to test your fishing skills, Tofino Tours also offer a Clayoquot Sound fishing expedition. Expertise is not required, as the tour remains close to shore allowing even the most novice fisherman an opportunity to hook Salmon, Cod or Rock Fish.

    Tofino Bear Watching

    Duration: 2.5 Hours

    A relaxing 30 minute boat ride from Tofino takes you through the inside passages to the North East side of Meares Island to Tofino Inlet.

    The elevated viewing platforms from the specially designed vessels provide vantage points allowing for unobstructed sightseeing.

    The best times to see the Black Bear, is when the sun is rising or is lower in the sky. After emerging from their winter rest they have great need to feed on the shorelines from spring through to autumn.

    Enjoy your morning tea, and the fresh air of Clayoquot Sound as you marvel at the sight of the Black Bears turning over rocks 
in their search for food which often includes crab and other beings along the beaches.

    These journeys often do not end at the Black Bear! It is also common to see Bald Eagles, California Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Habour Porpoise and other amazing animals and scenic views on the Bear Watching Tours. So, keep your cameras ready, as you never know when perfect shot may appear!

    Tofino Whale Watching

    Duration: 2.5-3 Hours

    Take to the waters and see the Gray whales, orcas and humpback whales at play.

    In spring, Gray whales, leave their wintering grounds of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to feed as far north as Alaska. Some remain here to feed. These gentle giants are a common sight from March until late October, making Tofino a great place for whale watching, spring, summer and early fall. The transient orcas are found in these waters during the spring, summer and fall months and are a spectacle to witness in the wild.

    Come summer, Humpback whales, travel east from Maui. Enormous, majestic, and mysteriously fond of breaching, a humpback shattering the surface of the water is a truly unforgettable sight.

    Prices

    Tofino Bear Watching

    From £88 per adult & £69 per child (12 years old and younger)

    Tofino Whale Watching

    From £88 per adult & £69 per child (12 years old and under)

    Meares Island Sea Kayaking

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    • Meares Sea Kayaking

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    Launching from Tofino, the west coast wilderness sits just a short paddle across the harbour. At one with your sea kayak, your voyage of discovery takes you into the quiet inlets and amongst the ancient coastal rainforest of Clayoquot Sound, surrounding you with spell-binding scenery and amazing wildlife. On arrival at Meares Island, land the kayaks ready for a short hike into the rainforest, where native giant cedar trees accompany to the small village of Opitsaht which is rich in the native history of this area of British Columbia.

    Duration: 4 Hours

    Prices

    From £60 per person

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